How Do You Love Your Neighbor?

Post Author: Bill Pratt

For each of us there is one person who we always forgive every time they do something wrong.

There is one person who we always give the benefit of the doubt.

There is one person who we always judge with their intentions in mind rather than just their actions.

There is one person who we continue loving, even when they sin.  We hate this person’s sin, yet we keep loving them.

There is one person who we always wish to be happy.

There is one person who we always wish the good for.

Who is this person?  Who else but ourselves.  Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Of course the word neighbor includes both our friends and our enemies, as was illustrated in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  So how do you love your neighbor?  Just insert them as the “one person” described in all the sentences above.

It is absolutely possible to hate the sin and love the sinner.  We do it every single day, with ourselves.  We just need to extend that to all those around us.

  • Cindy

    Such a great reminder…thanks. This only seems to become hard for me when the sin of another is when they reject the love of Christ for themselves. I see that sort of rejection in my beautiful Mormon friends. If I wanted someone to love me as themselves in that kind of situation, I would want it to be a tough love that called me to renew my mind in terms of my understanding of the unfathomable work of Christ on my behalf!

  • Callisto88

    I am copying this down and putting it on my wall so that when I go to sleep each night and wake up I’ll see it… at least, when I’m sleeping on my right side. 😉

  • If you’re really adventurous, you could also put a copy on the wall to your left. 🙂

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